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2nd Annual CViSB Workshop: February 24-26, 2020 | La Jolla, CA

Annual CViSB Systems Biology of Infectious Diseases Workshop

February 20-22, 2019

Scripps Research

La Jolla, CA

We are pleased to announce the first annual Center for Viral Systems Biology (CViSB) workshop. This workshop will explore the latest trends and advances in the field, including technologies and computational methods utilized by infectious disease researches.

The first iteration of this workshop will focus on viral systems biology and the application of phylogenetic methods of studying viruses – as well as the importance of accurately conveying scientific findings to the public.  

Those working on, or wanting to learn more about, genomics and phylogenetic methods to analyze virus evolution should attend this workshop. The leading researchers in phylogenetics, bioinformatics, and science communication will be presenting and providing feedback.

This workshop, directed towards grad students, postdocs and ‘junior’ investigators, will be hands-on and limited in size. Programming/bioinformatics experience is recommended (but not required).

How to Apply:

The application period has ended.

Workshop Presenters

Course Directors

Wednesday, February 20th, 9am-5pmLectures on virus evolution and phylogenetics

“Introduction to the coalescent”


“Phylogeography with BEAST to investigate factors responsible for virus spread”

“Viral strain emergence of influenza”


“Detecting pathogens using metagenomic sequencing”

 “Understanding antigenic evolution (influenza and dengue) + tools for open science”

“Ancient viruses and the beginning of outbreaks”

“Intrahost evolution of bacteria”


 BEAST tutorials & independent data analysis


“Using systems approaches to study infectious disease”


“Why storytelling matters in science”

Friday, February 22nd, 9am-12pmHalf day of lectures and panel discussions

Andrew “Really Real-Time Genomic Epidemiology for Outbreak Response”

 “Open data and outbreak research”


Panel Discussion: Chaired by Kristian Andersen

The workshop will be held at Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

Scripps Research Conference Center 
3300 N. Torrey Pines Ct.
La Jolla, CA 92037


The Best Western Premier Hotel Del Mar is our host hotel for workshop participants, located just 3 miles from our meeting location. We have set-up special rates ranging from $99.99-$199.99 per night, plus tax. Please reserve your room by Thursday, January 24th. Please call the hotel directly at 858-755-9765 or reserve on-line by clicking on this link:

The Best Western Premier Hotel Del Mar offers a complimentary shuttle to/from TSRI, Monday-Friday, complimentary parking , and complimentary WiFi.

The Grande Colonial is located in heart of La Jolla Village surrounded by fine dining shops and the ocean. Nightly rates start at $221, plus tax, using promo code B910 (under advanced search).

The Hilton Torrey Pines is one of the most convenient hotels within walking distance of the workshop. Rates begin at $238/nt plus tax with corporate code #2992298.


If you are interested in attending, please submit the online application indicating your interest, background, programming experience and cv. No payment is required for the application – only if you are successful in applying for the workshop will payment be required.


Applicants will be notified no later than January 8th. A link to register for the workshop will be provided to successful applicants.

A $300 registration fee will be due with registration.

The registration fee includes:

  • Breakfast, tea/coffee, and lunches will be provided for the duration of the course
  • Use of the course training room
  • Course materials provided

Travel Bursaries

Travel and accommodations are at the participant’s expense however a limited number of travel bursaries are available. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a travel bursary in your application.


January 1, 2019


January 8, 2019


Total Participants:

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Workshop Poster



Contact Michelle McGraw

(858) 784-2826